Ahman Green

Ahman Rashad Green (/ɑːˈmɑːn/; born February 16, 1977) is a former American football running back who played 12 seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He is the all-time leading rusher for the Green Bay Packers.[1] He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the 3rd round of the 1998 NFL Draft. He played college football at Nebraska.

Green also played for the Houston Texans, and was a four-time Pro Bowl selection with the Packers.

He is now a co-owner of the Green Bay Blizzard of the Indoor Football League.

Ahman Green
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Ahman Green with the Packers in 2003
No. 30, 34
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born:February 16, 1977 (age 42)
Omaha, Nebraska
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school:Omaha Central
(Omaha, Nebraska)
College:Nebraska
NFL Draft:1998 / Round: 3 / Pick: 76
Career history
As player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As administrator:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing attempts:2,056
Rushing yards:9,205
Rushing touchdowns:60
Receptions:378
Receiving yards:2,883
Receiving touchdowns:14
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at CFL.ca (archive)

Early years

Green was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and attended Omaha North before transferring to Omaha Central for high school. He was a high school All-American selection and state 'Player of the Year' as a senior.[2]

In addition to football, he also ran track and field. He currently holds the 10th fastest 100 meter dash ever in the state of Nebraska, at 10.61 seconds.[3]

Green also competed in Powerlifting in High School, placing 2nd in the ADFPA High School National Powerlifting Championships in Des Moines, Iowa

College career

Green was a standout running back and three-year starter for the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers. He was an integral component and key contributor on two national championship squads.

Freshman (1995)

As a freshman, Green was perhaps overshadowed by his backfield mates running back Lawrence Phillips and quarterback Tommie Frazier. But Green's freshman year at Nebraska was certainly a memorable one. He was a major contributor during Nebraska's 1995 Championship run. He rushed for 1,086 yards (still the school's single-season freshman rushing record) and 13 touchdowns on 141 carries (7.7 avg.) and was honored as a freshman All-America selection by Football News. In addition, he earned Big Eight all-conference and 'Freshman of the Year' honors.

Sophomore (1996)

As a sophomore in 1996, Green compiled a team-leading 917 yards on 155 carries and seven touchdowns, despite a turf toe injury. It was during the 1996 season that he posted a career-high 214 yards against Iowa State University.

Junior (1997)

As a junior, Green garnered All-Big 12 Conference recognition and was named second-team All-America by the Associated Press and The Sporting News as Nebraska again captured the national championship. He was a finalist for the Doak Walker Award, the annual honor for college football's top running back, in 1997. During that campaign he carried the ball 278 times for 1,877 yards (6.8 avg.) and 22 touchdowns (a school record for juniors). He posted 12 consecutive 100-yard games, including three contests with over 200 yards (he also had 99 yards on nine carries in the opener against Akron).

During his collegiate career, Green compiled 3,880 rushing yards and 42 touchdowns, both totals good for second place on the Cornhuskers' all-time list. He also posted 300 receiving yards and three touchdowns on 35 catches. Green's most memorable collegiate performance was on January 2, 1998, in the Orange Bowl. He rushed for an Orange Bowl record 206 yards and two touchdowns in Nebraska's 42–17 victory over third ranked Tennessee, breaking the previous 20-year-old record of 205 yards held by Arkansas running back Roland Sales. The tandem of Scott Frost and Green easily outperformed Tennessee's offensive stars: Peyton Manning, Jamal Lewis and Peerless Price. The exceedingly lopsided and decisive nature of this victory contrasted sharply with the also unbeaten Michigan Wolverines' close Rose Bowl victory over the Ryan Leaf's Washington State squad. The discrepancy between the bowl game performances of these two undefeated teams allowed Nebraska to rally from behind in the polls, where Nebraska had fallen behind Michigan after Nebraska's close overtime victory over Missouri, and claim a share of the national title. The performance marked the Cornhuskers' record-setting third national championship in four years.

On September 21, 2012 Green was inducted into the University Of Nebraska Football Hall of Fame.

College Statistics

Year School G Rush Att Rush Yds Rush Avg Rush TD Rec Rec Yds Rec Avg Rec TD Scri Plays Scri Yds Scri Avg Scri TD
1995 Nebraska 11 141 1086 7.7 13 12 102 8.5 3 153 1188 7.8 16
1996 Nebraska 10 155 917 5.9 7 9 93 10.3 0 164 1010 6.2 7
1997 Nebraska 12 278 1877 6.8 22 14 105 7.5 0 292 1982 6.8 22
College Totals 574 3880 6.8 42 35 300 8.6 3 609 4180 6.9 45

Provided by CFB at Sports Reference: View Original Table Generated June 27, 2017.

Professional career

Seattle Seahawks

Green was drafted in the third round (76th overall) of the 1998 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. Although Green produced a high rushing average (6.0 in 1998 and 4.6 in 1999) he had difficulty earning significant playing time behind established veteran Ricky Watters.

Green Bay Packers

Ahman Green scores
Ahman Green runs in for a touchdown against Seattle on December 27, 2009.

In 2000, Green was traded along with a fifth round draft pick to the Green Bay Packers for Fred Vinson and a sixth round pick.[4] He was selected to the NFL Pro Bowl every year from 2001 to 2004 and broke several franchise records. From the time he joined the Packers in 2000 up through the end of the 2004 season, Green gained more yards from scrimmage (9,036) and rushing yards (6,848) than any other NFL player. In 2003, he had his best year as a professional and set the Green Bay franchise record by running for 1,883 yards in the regular season. That year, he became the first and only player in NFL history to record at least 1,850 rushing yards, average 5.0 yards per carry, score 20 touchdowns and catch 50 passes in one season. He threw a touchdown pass on October 17, 2004 vs. the Detroit Lions.[5] During his time with the Packers, Green became one of two players in NFL history to have two touchdown runs of 90 or more yards (Bo Jackson is the other).[6] Despite his injury-shortened 2005 season, the Packers re-signed Green to a one-year, $2 million contract, with an extra $3 million in incentives. After the 2006 season he became a free agent.

Houston Texans

On March 4, 2007 Green signed a four-year, $23 million deal with the Houston Texans. He was reunited with his former head coach and former Texans' assistant head coach Mike Sherman along with former Packers running back Samkon Gado. He was asked to handle the bulk of the load at running back after a 2006 season in which the Texans used a "running back by committee" approach, with a lot of success.[7]

On February 10, 2009, Green was released by the Texans.

Return to Green Bay

Ahman Green officially re-signed with the Green Bay Packers on October 21, 2009, after the Packers placed running back DeShawn Wynn on injured reserve.[8] With his former number, 30, taken by fullback John Kuhn, Green chose to wear No. 34 in honor of former Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton. On November 8, 2009 Green broke Jim Taylor's record to become the all-time leading rusher in Packer history.[9]

Omaha Nighthawks

Green played for the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League.[10] Green was a part of the Nighthawks' 40-man protected roster.[11]

Montreal Alouettes

On February 7, 2011, the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League announced they signed Green to a tryout contract.[12] On March 9, 2011, it was announced that he had signed a two-year contract with the Alouettes.[13] Green was released on the second of training camp on June 5, 2011, after injuring his hamstring in practice. .[14]

Green Bay Packers franchise records

  • Most rushing yards, career: 8,322
  • Most rushing yards at Lambeau Field, career: 4,507
  • Most rushing yards at Lambeau Field, game: 218, vs. Denver Broncos, December 28, 2003
  • Longest run from scrimmage at Lambeau Field, game: 98, vs. Denver Broncos, December 28, 2003
  • Most rushing yards in a season: 1,883, 2003

NFL statistics

Rushing statistics[15]

Year Team G Att Yds Avg Long TD 1st Fmb Fmb lost
1998 SEA 16 35 209 6.0 64 1 8 1 1
1999 SEA 14 26 120 4.6 21 0 12 0 0
2000 GB 16 263 1,175 4.5 39 10 61 3 2
2001 GB 16 304 1,387 4.6 83 9 57 5 4
2002 GB 14 286 1,240 4.3 43 7 54 3 2
2003 GB 16 355 1,883 5.3 98 15 96 7 5
2004 GB 15 259 1,163 4.5 90 7 55 6 4
2005 GB 5 77 255 3.3 13 0 11 1 0
2006 GB 14 266 1,059 4.0 70 5 55 2 2
2007 HOU 6 70 260 3.7 18 2 17 0 0
2008 HOU 8 74 294 4.0 14 3 23 0 0
2009 GB 8 41 160 3.9 26 1 8 0 0
Career 148 2,056 9,205 4.5 98 60 457 28 20

Receiving statistics[15]

Year Team G Rec Yds Avg Long TD 1st Fmb Fmb lost
1998 SEA 16 3 2 0.7 3 0 0 0 0
2000 GB 16 73 559 7.7 31 3 29 3 2
2001 GB 16 62 594 9.6 42 2 24 0 0
2002 GB 14 57 393 6.9 23 2 19 1 1
2003 GB 16 50 367 7.3 27 5 19 0 0
2004 GB 15 40 275 6.9 48 1 17 1 0
2005 GB 5 19 147 7.7 20 0 8 0 0
2006 GB 14 46 373 8.1 20 1 14 2 0
2007 HOU 6 14 123 8.8 53 0 2 0 0
2008 HOU 8 11 32 2.9 8 0 0 0 0
2009 GB 8 3 18 6.0 12 0 2 0 0
Career 148 378 2,883 7.6 53 14 134 7 3

Personal life

Green was named after former NFL wide receiver and current broadcaster Ahmad Rashād.[16] In 2006, Green played a small role in the film Big Stan as the prisoner Diamond King.[17][18]

On July 19, 2014, Green was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Football Hall of Fame.

References

  1. ^ "Green Bay Packers Record Book". Packers.com. Archived from the original on May 13, 2011.
  2. ^ "Ahman Green". University of Nebraska. Retrieved November 9, 2010.
  3. ^ http://www.neprepzone.com/prepzone/all-time-nebraska-high-school-track-and-field-charts/article_d0944340-0cd2-58d9-977d-8fc37989a22e.html?mode=jqm
  4. ^ https://journaltimes.com/packers-trade-vinson-draft-pick-to-seattle/article_8f1162db-3d35-52f6-a9d0-7a66c456ee41.html
  5. ^ Sports Illustrated, September 24, 2007, p. 30
  6. ^ Ron Flatter (October 26, 2004). "ESPN Classic: Bo ran over Bosworth in '87". ESPN. Retrieved September 19, 2011.
  7. ^ Green bolts Packers to join Texans
  8. ^ "Packers Sign RB Green, Place RB Wynn On Injured Reserve". Packers.com. Archived from the original on October 24, 2009.
  9. ^ "Green Breaks Taylor's Franchise Rushing Record". Packers.com. November 8, 2009.
  10. ^ Kirk, Billy (May 21, 2010). "Ahman Green to UFL". UFLaccess.com. Archived from the original on May 28, 2010.
  11. ^ Klis, Mike (June 1, 2010). "Former Broncos GM Sundquist working for UFL team in Omaha". Denver Post.
  12. ^ Moffat, Rick (February 4, 2011). "Als blockbuster Super Bowl weekend: Packers star signs". CJAD.
  13. ^ "Als extend QB McPherson, sign RB Green". CFL.ca. March 9, 2011.
  14. ^ "Green out, DeAngelis in at Als training camp". CFL.ca. June 5, 2011.
  15. ^ a b "Ahman Green Stats". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved June 23, 2014.
  16. ^ Ahman Green:About Green officially announced his retirement August 11th 2011. Archived August 24, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ Big Stan Full Cast – IMDB.com, imdb.com, Accessed December 27, 2011.
  18. ^ Green Wants to Stay in Green Bay ESPN.com, November 17, 2006. Accessed December 27, 2011.

External links

1978 Orange Bowl

The 1978 Orange Bowl was a college football bowl game played on January 2, 1978, featuring the Arkansas Razorbacks against the heavily-favored Oklahoma Sooners.

The sixth-ranked Razorbacks were 10–1, but were heavy underdogs to the #2 Sooners. Earlier in the day, top-ranked Texas and their Heisman Trophy-winning running back Earl Campbell had lost the Cotton Bowl 38–10 to #5 Notre Dame (led by quarterback Joe Montana). Oklahoma now had the inside track to the national championship, if they beat Arkansas. In the regular season, Texas defeated Oklahoma and Arkansas on consecutive weekends en route to its 11–0 record.

To complicate matters for Arkansas, first-year head coach Lou Holtz suspended three players prior to the game for team violations. Two of those players, running backs Ben Cowins and Donny Bobo, had together accounted for 78% of their points. Oklahoma was led by redshirt sophomore halfback Billy Sims, a future Heisman Trophy winner, and on defense by safety Darrol Ray and linebacker Daryl Hunt.

Although the suspended Arkansas players protested, Holtz refused to back down and the suspensions stood. Already considered a heavy underdog to Oklahoma, with the loss of those starters Arkansas was expected to give little competition in the game. Arkansas was an 18-point underdog prior to the suspensions. After the suspensions, they were given as 24-point underdogs by Las Vegas oddsmakers. The Orange Bowl would likely decide the national championship; it did, but not in the way that most expected.Backup running back Roland Sales started for Arkansas in the place of Cowins. With Sales doing most of the running of the ball, Arkansas out-rushed Oklahoma 126 yards to 116 yards in the first half, with Sims fumbling the ball early in the first quarter causing the Razorbacks to recover on the Oklahoma 9 yard line. That resulted in a Sales touchdown (followed by a PAT kicker Steve Little). Another Oklahoma fumble by Kenny King resulted in another Arkansas touchdown rushed in by Hog quarterback Ron Calcagni in the first quarter. In the second half, Sales rushed for another touchdown, Brian White rushed for a touchdown and Little kicked a field goal. A ferocious Arkansas defense, led by defensive tackle Dan Hampton, built a 24–0 lead after three quarters. Oklahoma scored early in the fourth, but the two-point conversion attempt failed.Sales rushed 22 times for 205 yards, an Orange Bowl record; he also caught four passes for 52 yards and rushed for two touchdowns. Arkansas defeated Oklahoma 31–6. Sales' Orange Bowl rushing record stood for twenty years, until broken by Ahman Green (206 yards in 1998). Sales and Arkansas teammate Reggie Freeman were named MVPs for the game. Arkansas was third in both final polls, behind Notre Dame and Alabama.The halftime show was a presentation of the Main Street Electrical Parade, one of only two times the parade has taken place outside a Disney park.

1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

The 1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and was the national champion of the 1995 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Tom Osborne and played their home games in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Cornhuskers scored 638 points (53.2 per game) while only allowing 174 (14.5 per game). Their average margin of victory was 38.6 points, and their lowest margin of victory, against Washington State, was 14 points.

Nebraska won the final Big Eight Conference football championship in 1995, as the league expanded to form the Big 12 Conference the following season. The Cornhuskers successfully defended their national championship by beating Florida in the Fiesta Bowl 62–24.

1997 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

The 1997 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the 1997 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Tom Osborne and played their home games in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska.

1998 Orange Bowl

The 1998 Orange Bowl was played on January 2, 1998, and served as the Bowl Alliance's designated national championship game for the 1997 season. This 64th edition of the Orange Bowl featured the Nebraska Cornhuskers of the Big 12 Conference and the Tennessee Volunteers of the Southeastern Conference (SEC).

2000 Green Bay Packers season

The 2000 Green Bay Packers season was their 82nd season overall and their 80th in the National Football League. It was the first season for which Mike Sherman was the head coach of the team. Sherman was the thirteenth head coach in franchise history. The Packers finished 9–7, failing to qualify for the playoffs. The Packers total offense ranked 15th in the league, and their total defense ranked 15th in the league.

2004 Green Bay Packers season

The 2004 Green Bay Packers season was the franchise's 86th season overall and their 84th in the National Football League.

The season started with the Packers on a losing streak of four of their first five games, then winning their next six games, and finally ending in a Wild Card playoff loss to the Minnesota Vikings. They finished with an overall record of 10–6. This was the second time the Packers had lost a playoff game at Lambeau.

2005 Green Bay Packers season

The 2005 Green Bay Packers season was the franchise's 87th season overall and their 85th in the National Football League.

This season was their worst record since their 1991 season. The Packers suffered injuries to wide receivers Javon Walker and Robert Ferguson and running backs Ahman Green, Najeh Davenport, Tony Fisher, and Samkon Gado.

As a result of the season, many of the Packers coaches were fired, including head coach Mike Sherman.

2006 Green Bay Packers season

The 2006 Green Bay Packers season was the franchise's 88th season overall and their 86th in the National Football League.

This season resulted in an 8–8 record. After the firing of Mike Sherman, the Packers hired Mike McCarthy as their head coach. McCarthy helped improved the Packers from 4–12 the previous year to a .500 win average in 2006. The Packers failed to make the playoffs for the second straight year after the New York Giants gained the tie-breaker over the Packers in the last week of the 2006 NFL season.

Ahman

Ahman is a given name and a surname, which in Nordic countries is written as Åhman. Notable people with the name include:

Given nameAhman Green, American football running backSurnameArne Åhman (born 1925), Swedish athlete

Pauline Åhman (1812–1904), Swedish harpist

Rezuan Khan Ahman, Malaysian football player

Robert Åhman Persson (born 1987), Swedish football player

Ronald Åhman (born 1957), Swedish football player

Sule Ahman, Nigerian military officer

Green Bay Packers records

This article details statistics relating to the Green Bay Packers.

Ken Ruettgers

Kenneth Francis Ruettgers (born August 20, 1962 in Bakersfield, CA) is a former National Football League offensive tackle who played for the Green Bay Packers from 1985 to 1996.

List of Green Bay Packers Pro Bowl selections

The Green Bay Packers are a professional American football team based in Green Bay, Wisconsin. They are currently members of the North Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL), and are the third-oldest franchise in the NFL. The team has had representatives to the Pro Bowl every year since 1950 except for nine seasons. Below is a list of the Pro Bowl selections for each season.

Locker Room (WFRV-TV)

"Locker Room" (formerly "Larry McCarren's Locker Room") is a live talk show hosted by WFRV-TV sports director Burke Griffin and former Green Bay Packer Ahman Green. It used to be hosted by former WFRV sports director and former Green Bay Packer Larry McCarren, who is now the sports director at WGBA-TV. Every week during football season, a Packers player visits the show. That player is then interviewed, and then that player must teach one selected member of the audience how to do a task to earn their autograph; the concept is called "Earn Your Autograph." Also, there is a segment on the show called "Chalk Talk," where certain plays are selected in the previous Packer game and are talked through.

Nebraska Cornhuskers football statistical leaders

The Nebraska Cornhuskers football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the Nebraska Cornhuskers football program in various categories, including passing, rushing, receiving, total offense, defensive stats, and kicking. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season, and career leaders. The Cornhuskers represent the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the NCAA's Big Ten.

Although Nebraska began competing in intercollegiate football in 1890, the school's official record book considers the "modern era" to have begun in 1956. Records from before this year are often incomplete and inconsistent, and they are generally not included in these lists.

These lists are dominated by more recent players for several reasons:

Since 1890, seasons have increased from 10 games to 11 and then 12 games in length.

The NCAA didn't allow freshmen to play varsity football until 1972 (with the exception of the World War II years), allowing players to have four-year careers.

Bowl games only began counting toward single-season and career statistics in 2002.These lists are updated through the end of the 2016 season.

Roland Sales

Roland Sales (born 1958) is a former running back for the University of Arkansas and a former professional football player. His career is significant because in the 1977 season's 1978 Orange Bowl, Sales set an Orange Bowl rushing record of 205 yards that stood until 1998 when Ahman Green broke it by rushing for 206 yards. Sales and Razorbacks teammate Reggie Freeman were named 1978 Orange Bowl MVPs. [1] [2]

Vernand Morency

Vernand Morency (born February 4, 1980) is a former American football running back who played in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Houston Texans in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft and also played for the Green Bay Packers. Morency played college football for Oklahoma State University.

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